VERMONTS CAMP TAKUMTA

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 1 Conti Circle Barre VT 05641 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an adult who battles cancer......That said no "Child" should have to endure this ugly disease!!! TKT is a place for them to get away from their illness. This incredible group of volunteers do an AMAZING job to do just that.Can't think of a group who deserves these moneys more!!!! Come on everyone please share your hearts to get this money for TKT.....

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I have had the privilege to see this joy this camp brings to kids...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only wish they could do more and more......these volunteers give up vacation time to do this ...... so selfless!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Camp Ta Kum Ta for the past 26 years, and a board member for 17 years. This Camp has been instrumental in shaping my life and helping me with a career in non-profit work. The growth of Camp Ta Kum Ta has been challenging for the board, and they have worked hard to create a new home for Camp; but the fact remains that the kids have always remained the focus of what we do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been involved for 26 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put a pool on the property!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I consider it an honor to write about Camp TaKumTa; it is one of the most influential forces that has touched my life. As a former camper, who is now a volunteer staff member, I see how critical it is for Camp TaKumTa to be an outlet for children to escape and just be kids again. Camp has shaped many of us into the people that we are today. Camp gives children with cancer confidence, security, laughter and love. Camp is a feeling and a bonding of very special people that 'come from different corners" The spirit of Camp and of those that have touched our lives through Camp can only be described by one word: Magic.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... surviving..living...laughing...thriving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make Camp year round! :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

2010 was my first year to volunteer at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. I was welcomed with open arms and many, many hugs of friendship. These giving people didn't even know me, and they embraced me.


The kids were so excited to be there. Just watching them have so much fun, especially after what they had all been through in their young lives, brought great joy to my heart.


These kids need this place of love, hope and friendship in their lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing smiles to many deserving children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

clone all the volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is with pleasure that I write this note of support on behalf of Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. For 15 years I have worked with this remarkable organization providing a safe, loving place where children who have or have had cancer can come together, share their stories and simply laugh. There is nothing more joyful than the simple laughter of a child.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is clear that our children have medical hospitals and doctors to treat their disease. In my experience, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta treats the dis-ease caused by their cancer journey. Through our programs, our children rediscover their childhood. They are allowed to be children, in all their glory. I remember my first year at Camp (as a member of the ropes course staff) I was simply amazed at the level of care and attention we provided. I thought to myself, “this is holistic healing at its best.”

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to spread the word about the magic of camp.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has been involed with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for 20 years. We raise money in memory of my Brother Tom, who passed away from cancer. The special children of this camp always make us feel welcome and ALWAYS thank us for what we do for the camp.
They inspire us, and touch us with their determination and spirit. We love what the staff(unpaid) and the Vermont community does to make this magical place called Camp Ta-Kum-Ta a reality for these very special and dear children

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When you see the smiles of the children and hear them thank you for your efforts, it makes it all worthwhile

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase awareness in Southern Vermont

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing place this is! The dedicated volunteers and the wonderful children come together for a week of magic. A place where the children can get away from the reality of their disease and find comfort in talking with others who face the same awful disease. The camp has been working wonderfully for years, but the dedicated staff are always looking for ways to improve the facilities and the programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knowing the staff and volunteers who work so hard each and every day

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of a child who has gone through a bone marrow transplant I can not say enough about this haven! My 9 year old daughter had repeatedly asked me to find a camp that she could go to that had kids just like her. I found it and she went. She left home with limited self confidence and a feeling that she was alone, there was not anyone out there like her. She came back a confident, happy, nine year old without a care in the world. She had found kids just like her, and it was not only ok but normal to be just like her. TKT has been a god send. When I went to pick her up another mom stood up and made a comment that I will never forget. "Many people see the advertisements for TKT and think that this is a place of dying, I have always thought that this was a place about living!" I could not have said it better. A place where kids can be kids. My daughter says the best thing about TKT is "It's FUN, it's FUN, it's FUN!"

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the magic that TKT performs by putting a smile on faces of kids who have been burdened by medical treatments no one should have to go through. I have felt the love and acceptance of parents that have experienced similar situations by being together at TKT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make the sessions longer!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a child I attended Camp Ta-Kum-Ta as a camper. I then became a counselor to help give back what was given to me. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is truely a magical place for children that have experienced cancer. Everyone is like family. It gives you chance to share your experiences with others that may have gone through what you went through. I have a family of my own now and have not been able to get back to camp to be a counselor, but I still stay connected. A year ago I was diagnosed with a second cancer and my camp family was very supportive to me. Once you have a connection with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta it never goes away. It is a place that you can not describe in words.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through attending camp and helping raise money for camp.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them all that I could in order to complete their goals. Have camp longer. They have added more camp by doing weekends in the winter already.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is an amazing, magical place. Every day is like the best holiday ever!! There is a healing power that comes from the experience for the children and all volunteer staff alike. My favorite saying is " Camp Ta- Kum-Ta it is all about the Kids!"There is no better place to be & it is so life affirming!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The most talented dedicated group of voluntters from all professions in "real life" a s well as performers who donated their time & talents. I have kept in contact with so many and they always talk about the power of love found at TKT. Watching our campers grow & become staff who want to return to give back, tells me we are true to the mission of TKT. Even our terminally ill children rally for the week of camp, and have taught us so much about living for each day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it go on 365 days of the year!!

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